Even if you received aearlier this year, you won’t necessarily be eligible to get a . It all comes down to in a final bill that includes .
The competing proposals over the last several months have hinted at change for at least three of the eligibility rules in a second round of payments, and if one is selected, your family could getthan before. In one instance, an may prompt the Internal Revenue Service to send out more payments to an entire group of people.
Your, the of people in your household, whether you , your and are some of the main parameters that could determine eligibility. Some people with dependents may find that they’re owed a .
Confused yet? We’ll do our best to clear it all up below. And for further reading, learnWe recently updated this story. (P.S. Here’s .)
Here’s who may qualify for a second stimulus payment
We’ll start with this list we’ve gathered and break down more details for groups who fall into these categories.
It’s likely that if a second stimulus check is approved, it’ll follow many of the guidelines from the CARES Act thatin March. But it will probably also draw some changes from the . Neither of those proposals is law.
Who could qualify for a second stimulus check
|Qualifying group||Likely to be covered by the final bill|
|Individuals||An AGI of less than $99,000 (Same as CARES)|
|Head of household||An AGI of less than $146,500 (Same as CARES)|
|Couple filing jointly||An AGI less than $198,000 (Same as CARES)|
|Dependents of any age||No limit (HEALS proposal; up to 3 in Heroes)|
|US citizens living abroad||Yes, same as CARES|
|Citizens of US territories||Likely, with payments handled by each territory’s tax authority (CARES)|
|SSDI and tax nonfilers||Likely, but with an extra step to file (more below)|
|Uncertain status||Could be set by court ruling|
|Incarcerated people||Excluded under CARES Act through IRS interpretation, judge overturned|
|Undocumented immigrants||Qualifying “alien residents” are currently included under CARES|
|Disqualified group||Unlikely to be covered by the final bill|
|Noncitizens who pay taxes||Proposed in Heroes Act, unlikely to pass in Senate|
|People who owe child support||Included in Heroes proposal, but excluded under CARES|
The current status of undocumented immigrants
You don’t have to be an American citizen to qualify for the first stimulus check. The CARES Act stipulated that some permanent non-citizen residents, “resident aliens,” and some people were eligible for a stimulus payment if they met a set of qualifications.
The Heroes Act, a proposal authored and backed by Democrats, called for undocumented immigrant residents of the US to also qualify. Many undocumented residents pay taxes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the lead Democratic negotiator for the stimulus package, is said to be pushing for this group to be included in a .
Two ways qualifications for families could change in Round 2
Three separate proposals have changed the language concerningand how much money you could see in a final check if you claim them on your taxes. would add $500 for each dependent, regardless of the person’s age.
Theseeks to largely keep the definition of a dependent restricted to “children” as defined in the bill, but it raises the value to $1,000, which would . The , approved in March, added $500 per each child under 17 years old. But unless your , children 17 and older and adult dependents, like a parent, were passed over.
The first proposal would benefit families with older dependents, while the second benefits younger families. We’ll show you how to.
A court ruling could give people who are incarcerated the chance to get a second check — and a first
A class-action lawsuit in California could make a change to who gets a stimulus check. Specifically,if this ruling holds — or family members may be able to claim the checks on the individuals’ behalf.
How does it work if you share custody of a child or owe child support?
Due to a specific rule, if you and the other parent of your child dependent alternate years claiming your child on your tax return, youin your first stimulus check, and in the second if that rule doesn’t change.
If you owe child support, your stimulus money may be garnished for arrears (the amount you owe).
The role taxes might play in your stimulus check eligibility
For most people,. For example, the most important factor in setting income limits is , which determines how much of the $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples you could receive if you meet the other requirements.
Ourcan show you how much money you could potentially expect from a second check, based on your most recent tax filing. Read below for your eligibility if you don’t typically file taxes.
As an older or retired adult, can I expect to get a stimulus check?
Many, received a first stimulus check under the CARES Act, and would likely be eligible for a second one. For older adults and retired people, factors like , , your pension, if you’re part of the (more below) and whether the IRS considers you a dependent will likely affect your chances of receiving a second payment.
What do I need to do if I didn’t file a federal tax return in 2018 or 2019?
People who weren’t required to file a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019 may not have been required to file:under the CARES Act. If that guideline doesn’t change for a second stimulus check, this group would qualify again. Here are reasons you might
- You’re over 24, you’re not claimed as a dependent and your income is less than $12,200.
- You’re married filing jointly and together your income is less than $24,400.
- You have no income.
- You receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance. See below for more on SSDI.
With the first stimulus check, non-filers needed to provide the IRS with some information before they could receive their payment. (If you still haven’t received a first check even though you were eligible, the IRS has to use its Non-Filers tool through Nov. 21.) who may fall into this category but who haven’t requested their payment.
I receive SSDI: Can I still get another stimulus payment?
Those who are part of the Direct Express card, which the government typically uses to distribute federal benefits, but through a non-Direct Express bank account or as a paper check. SSDI recipients also need to use the IRS’ Non-Filers tool to request a payment for themselves and dependents.under the CARES Act. Recipients wouldn’t receive their payments via their
What are the rules for US citizens living abroad, or citizens of a US territory?
You may still be eligible for a stimulus check, but the rules are different..
Who wasn’t eligible to receive the first check?
From the payment authorized under the CARES Act, which became law in March, these groups were excluded:
For more, here’s what we know about the. We also have information on , , and .